Understand The GED Before Taking The Test

Basics about GED Test

What is GED?

It is a certification for the high-school level of education, principally in the U.S. and Canada as well as some of the U.S. Territories. Individuals who have passed the test are awarded a Certificate of General Educational Development by the jurisdiction in which they have taken the test. It must be taken in person in an official testing center.

What to Expect in GED?

This is a five subject test. The knowledge of the subject areas of high-school level is required to clear the tests. The test mandates quite a bit of preparation by the test takers. The 5 subjects are discussed in detail in the following section.

Sections in GED

  • Language Arts, Writing Part I: There are 50 questions in this section and they must be completed in 75 minutes. Part I of this section tests the proofreading skills on the basis of 3 types of documents which are almost 12-22 lines long. Questions are based on the passages and each of them has 5 alternatives of which the candidates will have to choose the right ones. The questions are based on the usage of correct grammar, syntax and mechanics. In this section, the candidates are required to display good organizational skills, abilities to identify faulty sentence structures and a working knowledge of the usage and mechanics of English grammar.
  • Language Arts, Writing Part II: Part II comprises of an essay question, which has to be completed in 45 minutes. The candidates will be required to give an opinion or explain about the given topic. The candidates will not be tested on a specialized subject and the topic of the essay will be of generic nature. They will be tested on their ability to develop the details in their points and their choice of vocabulary.
  • Science: This section has 50 questions that have to be completed in 80 minutes. In this section, the candidates are tested for their ability to interpret and understand Life Sciences, Space and Earth Sciences, Physics and Chemistry. The questions in this section test the candidates' knowledge of the subject matter in the specified subject areas. The questions are based on passages and visual texts such as graphs and tables. More weightage is given to visual texts. Each passage has roughly 2-5 questions.
  • Social Studies: There are a total of 50 questions in this section that have to be completed in 70 minutes. The questions in this section are based on History, Geography, Economics, Civics and Government. There are multiple-choice questions in this section. The questions are divided into three types:
    • Prose: mainly narratives
    • Visual Texts: graphs, tables etc.
    • Written and Visual Texts: a combination of maps and narratives or an editorial and a photograph.
  • Language Arts, Reading: There 40 questions and the total time allotted is 65 minutes. This section contains a combination of literary texts and non-fiction texts. More weightage is given to literary texts. The sections contain prose ranging from 200-400 words and poetry of 8-25 lines. The passages are followed by questions, 4-8 each.
  • Mathematics: In this section, 50 questions have to be completed in 90 minutes. This section is divided into two parts. A calculator is provided to the candidate at the test center only for the first part. For the second part of the test, a math formula page is provided to the candidates. Almost 80% of the questions are multiple choices. The candidates are required to construct an answer for the remaining questions.

For further information about the test, visit the official page here: http://www.acenet.edu/AM/Template.cfm?Section=GED_TS

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